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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!


Monday, November 25, 2019

The Twelve Days Pre-Christmas by Nancy L. Eady

Thanksgiving is late this year. Most years, by now, we would have passed Thanksgiving, turned the corner on Black Friday and probably be celebrating what has come to be labeled Cyber Monday.  So, while I am normally opposed to most things Christmas until after Thanksgiving, I am dropping that opposition this year to share with you my version of The Twelve Days Pre-Christmas, to be read with the tune for the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in mind.  And for those of you who know what an ear worm is, you’re welcome.  


On the first day pre-Christmas, my true love said to me, “We need to go shopping promptly.”

On the second day pre-Christmas, my true love said to me, 
"Need to put the tree up, and 
We need to go shopping promptly."

On the third day pre-Christmas, my true love said to me,
"Let’s have a party!
Need to get that tree up
And we need to go shopping promptly."

 On the fourth day pre-Christmas, my child said to me, 
“I need some presents! 
You’ll have a party.  
Why isn’t the tree up? and 
You need to go shopping promptly!”

On the fifth day pre-Christmas, my wondering eyes did see – A SALE AT MACY’S! 
My child still needs presents,
The party’s Friday,
The tree still is not up
And I need to go shopping promptly!

On the sixth day pre-Christmas, my bad self said to me, “Eat a chocolate Santa!”
My child still needs presents,
The party’s Friday,
The tree is still not up
And I need to go shopping promptly. 

On the seventh day pre-Christmas, my conscience said to me, “No more chocolate Santas!”
(I don’t care, I found one!) 
There’s a SALE AT MACY’S!
My child still needs presents,
The party’s Friday,
The tree is halfway up
And I need to go shopping promptly.

On the eighth day pre-Christmas, the school note said to me, “20 cupcakes in two days now!” 
No more chocolate Santas!
(How about a Reese’s?)
There’s a SALE AT MACY’S!
Child’s gifts now hidden
The party’s soon
The tree just got knocked down
And I need to go shopping promptly.

On the ninth day pre-Christmas my true love said to me, “Aren’t you a little stressed dear?”
20 cupcakes by tomorrow,
(I don’t care, I’ll have one,)
There’s a SALE AT MACY’S! 
Child’s not found her gifts,
Party’s almost here,
The tree is standing up
And I need to go shopping promptly. 

On the tenth day pre-Christmas, my oven said to me, “Why haven’t you bought the turkey?”
I’m a little stressed now,
20 cupcakes by this evening,
(Shut up about the Santas! - I’m going to have two more now.)
There’s a SALE AT MACY’S! 
Child’s gifts still in hiding,
The party’s now,
The tree is not yet lit
And I need to go shopping promptly. 

On the eleventh day pre-Christmas, my true love said to me, “What about the dressing?”
Where did I put the turkey? 
I’m getting truly stressed now,
20 cupcakes from the grocers,
(I can’t hear you, Conscience.)
There’s a SALE AT MACY’s! 
Child’s gifts locked up tight,
The party’s done,
The tree just blew a fuse
And I need to go shopping promptly!

On the day that Christmas got here, I woke up and did see –
A banquet for my family,
Turkey and dressing,
Even giblet gravy,
Stress has gone away now,
Stockings filled with care
(But no chocolate Santas)
Child loves her gifts,
No more parties now,
Tree is A-OK,
And I’m going to nap until New Years!


Kait said...

This is hysterical, Nancy, and now, I'm off to look for chocolate Santas - wait, peanut butter filled chocolate Santas. I'll share if I find them. Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas, too. It all comes right in the end, and what doesn't come right makes for great stories in following years.

KM Rockwood said...


We all need a touch of humor at this point in our holidays.

Christmas preps will have to hold off--we're on our way to my brother-in-law's tiny house in West Virginia for Thanksgiving. They expect about 30 people, including my frail 93-year-old mother-law from Cheyenne.

E. B. Davis said...

One year, I had all the presents bought before the season. The house was cleaned and decorated by the first week in December. I thought, this year will be my calm and serene Christmas, one to enjoy and not feel stressed. I was disappointed and bored by the time Christmas came and was also shocked. I was humbug. Never thought it would go that way. So, now I rush around, try not to be stressed, and know that's the way it is supposed to be!

Nancy Eady said...

Kait: I love the peanut butter filled chocolate Santas, too, but it's just never quite seemed like Christmas without at least one chocolate Santa for the stockings. Fortunately, there are only three of us, and most of the ones I find are in packs of six, so there's always a little extra.

KM, your Thanksgiving get-together sounds wonderful and well-worth delaying Christmas preparations for!

E.B., I've never been organized enough to even try getting everything done that far in advance, so I admire you.

Nancy Eady

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My kids outgrew chocolate Santas in their stockings in favor of European chocolate bars. Tis the season for a total basement cleanout AND new standard poodle puppy, Louie! I'll wing it otherwise...the meal menus don't change much from year to year.

Grace Topping said...

Every year I say I'm going to start early, and I rarely do. This year is even harder with Thanksgiving coming so late. Whatever, it will come whether I am prepared or not.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and a joyful and happy Christmas.

Warren Bull said...


Kara Cerise said...

Hilarious! Thanks for a fun start to the week, Nancy. But now I’m craving chocolate and cupcakes. Farewell healthy diet until next year.